SPAN 423 Visual Culture in Golden Age Spain

This course studies the cultural role of images, largely painting, in Spain during the period 1500-1700. Topics explored include: the pictorial use of mythological themes in the projection of imperial power, the importance of portraiture in the legitimization of the Spanish monarchy, the art market and the social status of the artist. While painting is our main focus, we also examine other visual documents such as maps and read literary works that illuminate the functions of images in the period.

notes: This course satisfies the pre-twentieth-century requirement.